Dr. Feodor “Ted” Caguin, a retired general surgeon who practiced in Charles Village for many years, died Sept. 9 of complications from Parkinson’s disease at the College Manor assisted-living facility. The Lutherville resident was 84.
Born in Paete Laguna in the Philippines, he was the son of Felix Caguin, a Manila newspaper worker, and Raphaela Caguin.
He earned his medical degree at the University of Santo Tomas and came to the United States in 1956, serving as chief resident in cardiothoracic surgery at the Hospital of Saint Raphael in New Haven, Conn. He also practiced in Winston-Salem, N.C.
In 1962, he married MaryAnn Casiello, a registered nurse who had been working in the Saint Raphael operating room. She later assisted him in his medical practice.
He began practicing medicine on Liberty Road in Randallstown in 1965, working alongside Dr. Edwin L. Pierpont. That same year, Dr. John B. DeHoff, the city health commissioner, asked him to take over the medical practice of Dr. Louis A. Johnson, a physician who had been shot to death in a Guilford Avenue robbery. The health commissioner said the Barclay community needed to have a doctor working in the neighborhood.
His wife recalled paying a visit with her husband to the slain physician’s wife at her home near Lake Montebello, where they arranged for the medical practice to continue.
After several years, Dr. Caguin moved the practice from 301 E. 22nd St. to 221 E. 25th St. He then renamed it the Charles Village Medical Center after expanding by acquiring contiguous rowhouses in the same block. He brought in internists, a urologist and a gynecologist. His wife managed the clinic for three decades.
“My father gave back to the community by offering his service pro bono when needed,” said a son, Michael Caguin of Minneapolis.
Dr. Caguin was on the staffs of the old North Charles General Hospital, Lutheran Hospital, and Provident Hospital, where he served as chief of surgery. He also practiced surgery at Bon Secours, Maryland General and Good Samaritan hospitals.
“He was patient and compassionate. He was also a funny guy when you got to know him,” said a patient, Linwood Nelson. “I had just come home from Vietnam and was involved in a car accident. He was my physician, and after we met, we clicked and he was a friend for 48 years. I became an uncle to his children.”
Dr. Caguin also wrote articles that appeared in the American Journal of Surgery and the Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery.
“My father was quiet, a man of few words,” said his son. “He had a big heart and a magnetic smile. His personality came through when you spoke to him one on one. He was a gentle soul and was sincere, honest and straightforward.”
He retired nearly 20 years ago and then took courses at the University of California Los Angeles to became a board-certified acupuncturist. He set up an acupuncture practice in Timonium that he ran until 2007.
“Teddy was intelligent, thoughtful, insightful and a pleasure to have as a friend,” said Michael I. Gordon, an attorney and a family friend. “He was an accomplished surgeon and a true neighborhood doctor. … He worked hard.”
Dr. Caguin served as president of the Maryland chapter of the University of Santo Tomas Medical Alumni Association in America and enjoyed socializing with its members. He also spent his summers on the Magothy River, where he and his children crabbed and boated.
He was an avid fan of the Baltimore Colts and Ravens, and was a follower of University of Maryland basketball.
Dr. Caguin studied oil painting at the Maryland Institute College of Art. Interested in wine, he also took classes at thr Wine Merchant in Green Spring Station. He also visited French vineyards during his travels.
A Knight of Columbus, he had an honorary lifetime membership.
A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Church of the Nativity, 20 E. Ridgely Road in Timonium, where he was a member and taught Sunday school.
In addition to his wife of 55 years and his son, survivors include two other sons, Thomas Caguin of Elkridge and Robert Caguin of Middletown, Del.; a daughter, Carla Caguin of Apopka, Fla.; two sisters, Sonia Ramos and Millicent Smith, both of the Philippines; and eight grandchildren.